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Survey Suggests Slight Growth for Midwest Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is experiencing slow to no growth. The Rural Mainstreet Index rose slightly above growth neutral in March, to 50.1, compared with 48.4 in February. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100, with...
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Officials: SD Animal Rabies Cases Down in 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of animal rabies cases in South Dakota dropped in 2013 after two consecutive years of increases. State health officials on Thursday reported 28 animal rabies cases in 2013, down from 60 cases in 2012 and 40 in 2011. State public health veterinarian Russ Daly says the numbers...
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County Supports Air Force Training Range Expansion

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – County officials in western South Dakota have voted in favor of a proposal to nearly triple the airspace where some U.S. Air Force pilots can train for combat. The Rapid City Journal reports that Pennington County commissioners will be sending a letter to the Air Force showing support for...
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SD Rancher Relief Fund Surpasses $5 Million

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A relief fund set up to help South Dakota ranchers in the wake of an early October blizzard has surpassed $5 million. South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Executive Director Silvia Christen says $4.2 million has been doled out to about 600 ranchers, and a decision will be made in early...
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Pierre Man Arrested for Rape in the Second Degree

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man has been arrested following a police investigation into an incident that reportedly occurred at a residence in the 500 block of West Fifth Street in Pierre.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says law enforcers were told Tuesday night that a juvenile had been raped sometime on Monday...
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Pierre Woman Claims George Strait Tickets in 94 Country’s Power Trip Contest

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman claimed her prize Monday as part of a contest organized by the Dakota Radio Group’s 94 Country-KPLO. Late last year, the station kicked off a “Power Trip” contest-to celebrate the completion of a project to rebuild the 94 Country broadcast tower that was felled by ice...
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Barrel Vault Stained Glass Removal Complete

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A majority of the stained glass sections from the barrel vault above the grand marble staircase at the South Dakota Capitol building have been taken out–as part of a project to clean and restore the building’s glass features. A temporary deck was built over the staircase to allow workers...
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Agricultural Equipment Sales Soar in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Good years in agriculture have led to a boom in farm equipment sales in South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports that tax receipts from sales of tractors, irrigation equipment and other agricultural machinery went from $12 million in 2005 to $41 million last year. Economist Matthew Diersen says there...
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Exhibit Examines SD’s Environmental History

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Historical Society is getting set to debut a new exhibit on South Dakota’s environmental history. “South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times” opens Saturday, April 5, in the Observation Gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Museum director Jay Smith says the exhibit features...
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SD Official Warns of Robocall Credit Card Scam

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An automated phone message has been prompting MasterCard customers to enter their card numbers in the dial pad. The South Dakota Attorney General warns consumers that this robocall is a scam. The caller ID number tied to the calls belongs to a Houston insurance company that is reportedly not associated...
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